“My own children were never really interested in antiques,” Polly said. “That passion seems to have skipped a generation. But I have a granddaughter, Meredith, who loves older things. Now that she’s finally settling into her own place, I like to send her a piece from time to time. But it’s always a little nerve wracking, putting antique furniture into a delivery truck. I’m sure the driver tries to be careful, but still…let’s just say I’m very glad when I know the shipment’s arrived safely and in one piece.”
As Boston’s most trusted shipping store, we’d like to share some do’s and don’ts for shipping antique furniture and old glassware:
DO: Invest in strong shipping boxes or custom built shipping crates for your antique items. Older furniture in particular needs protection from the rigors of the shipping environment. Thinner, fragile legs are particularly vulnerable. Your Boston shipping company should wrap and protect antique furniture before placing it in a custom shipping crate.
DON’T: Try to use recycled shipping boxes to ship old glassware. Boxes lose strength through repeated use. You want a strong shipping boxes that can support the weight of a heavy box being placed on top of it. Double-walled corrugated shipping boxes with specialized reinforcing inserts and foam padding are ideal protection for antique glassware and other fragile items.
DO: Make sure you choose the right insurance protection for your package. Some antiques are quite valuable and can truly be one of a kind. Your Boston shipping store can supply you with the information you need to protect your investment. Additionally, there are now tracking tools that make it simple to know exactly where your antiques are as they travel to their new home.